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The Least Frustrated

November 27, 2012

Below are some findings from the NYU Rudin Center’s survey on transportation impacts from Hurricane Sandy:

Average post-Sandy commute lengths ranged from 43 minutes (walked on Nov 1/2) to 115 minutes (drove, or took subway and bus). Frustration levels ranged from 2.3 on the lower end (walked) to 5.7 on the higher end (drove). Commuters who drove, or took a subway and bus combination, had the greatest difference, with travel times at nearly triple their typical lengths. As expected, they were also among the most frustrated commuters.

Walking and biking commuters were, on average, the least frustrated. Commuters who biked to work Nov 1/2 had the fewest delays in their commutes, as they were only 9 minutes longer than their usual commute. Telecommuters ranked their level of frustration on a similar level as transit commuters, 3.7 to 3.8, perhaps due to communications difficulties of connecting to work.

When you consider that this reflects people who switched from “their usual commute” to bike commuting, the fact that frustration levels were so low is remarkable.

  1. invisiblevisibleman permalink
    November 27, 2012 4:02 pm

    I wrote about how people took to cycling after Sandy for the Financial Times. The piece is here (registration required): I’m surprised the cyclists were so unfrustrated. Lower Manhattan’s streets were scary when the power was off. Many of the ones I saw didn’t seem to have much idea what they were doing.
    I also wrote about the post-Sandy cycling phenomenon on my private blog:


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